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Working with USGS discharge data
In this exercise, we use the USGS real-time data available online, and use it to construct a rating curve for the Walla Walla river near Touchet. We then make a simple model of flood inundation in ArcGIS for the ...
Roadside and Engineering Geology of Auke Bay, Juneau, Alaska
Roadside and Engineering Geology of Auke Bay, Juneau, Alaska : Cathy Connor, University of Alaska Southeast Intended Audience: Introductory Physical Geology for majors and non-majors. Location: Auke Bay, Juneau, ...
Using Google Earth to measure seacliff erosion rates
This lab uses Google Earth to measure the rate of seacliff retreat. It touches upon coastal processes, natural hazards, and coastal management issues. The central focus of the lab is in the Monterey Bay area.
Research project to consider how projected climate change will impact a region of interest to the student
Students consult the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chapters on climate projections and the primary scientific literature to write a research paper and present their results to the ...
Mitigating Volcanic Hazards
This activity spans two in-class sessions of 1-1.5 hours each, and includes both a small group activity focused on a set of volcanic case studies and a full-class role-playing activity where the class must decide, ...
Creating a Natural Disaster Blog/VoiceThread to Understand Resilience
Student groups create blogs or VoiceThreads on selected natural disaster events including a description of the event, the cause of the disaster, response & recovery, prediction & prevention and resilience to the event.
Red Beans and Rice: Slope failure experimental modeling
Students replicate a slope failure experiment published in Science (Densmore et al., 1997) using a simple, acrylic slope failure box in an effort to forge a link between autocyclic processes, long-term landscape ...
Environmental Geology of the Area where you Live
Students research and report on the environmental geology (resources and hazards) of the area around their home. The project helps develop students' abilities to apply what they have learned.
Living Learning Community: Spaceship Earth Research Course
Freshmen enrolled in the Spaceship Earth Living Learning Community conduct research on a real project that is formulated and conducted during a 2-semester academic year.
Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): New Orleans
This is an activity that uses the spreadsheet program Excel to explore the origins of subsidence in New Orleans. There are two versions. The first is a traditional Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum (SSAC) module ...
The Human side of geologic hazards
Students respond in a charitable way to geological or weather related disasters.
Natural Hazards Term Project
Students apply the concepts learned in the class by preparing two (2) term projects discussing two natural hazards and how they impact the area where the student lives (or an area the student might like to live ...
Swimming in Oil: The Impact, Aftermath and Alternatives to Oil Spills
Michelle Kinzel, San Diego Mesa College Summary This activity introduces students to basic functions and features of ArcGIS software and explores principles of a GIS and data set manipulations, using observational ...
Evaluating Rainfall, Landslides, and Weather: Big Sur, California
This activity leads to understanding common landslide hazards in the area and how they relate to weather patterns and/or local geology.
The Science of Disasters eTextbook Activity
The Science of Disasters etextbook is a Softchalk activity designed to give students an introduction to disaster terminology including risk and resiliency. It is typically used as a pre-reading assignment for non-science majors in an introductory disasters class.
Comparison of Two Hurricanes
In this activity students synthesize ideas from lecture, reading, and viewing two PBS NOVA videos on hurricanes.
Family Stress theories and risk communication to evaluate and build family resilience
In this activity, students use theoretical knowledge about family stress theories to analyze family vignettes and make predictions about the level of risk or resilience each family might have should a natural disaster occur. To increase resilience, risk communication strategies are discussed.
Evaluating natural hazards data to assess the risk to your California home
Students use a series of maps and natural hazard data to evaluate the risk to a building structure of their choice in the state of California. For each hazard, students rate the potential risk in two dimensions: (1) Probability - probability that a hazardous event "may" occur, and (2) Severity of Impact - the size of the impact in terms of cost and impact on human health.
Developing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Strategy
As a culminating assignment in Natural Hazards Planning, students work in teams to create 15-year mitigation strategy for a selected jurisdiction using the FEMA 386 methodology for prioritizing mitigation options.
How myths form: Accounts from Mt. Pelee
This is a great activity for class sizes ranging from small seminars to lecture classes. It's particularly appropriate for courses that relate hazards/volcanism to culture, society, and human interest subjects ...